1987 Eastern Suburbs Roosters season

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The 1987 Eastern Suburbs Roosters season was the 80th in the club's history. They competed in the NSWRL's 1987 Winfield Cup Premiership, finishing the regular season 2nd (out of 13), before competing in the play-offs and coming within one match of the grand final only to lose to the Canberra Raiders. The Roosters also competed in the 1987 National Panasonic Cup.

Line-up[edit]

Russell Bartlett, Brian Battese, Wayne Challis, Paul Danes, David French, Trevor Gillmeister, Brendon Hall, Steve Hardy, Kevin Hastings, Peter Johnston, Glenn Leggott, Joe Lydon, Terry Matterson, Hugh McGahan Mike McLean, John Mackay, Tony Melrose, Steve Morris, Trevor Patterson, Wayne Portlock, Gary Prohm, Tony Rampling, John Richards, Ron Ryan, Craig Salvatori, Danny Shepherd, Kurt Sherlock, Robert Simpkins, David Smith, Laurie Spina, Brad Tassell, Brad Tessmann, John Thomas, John Tobin, David Trewhella, Mark Wheeler, Gary Wurth.

Ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 24 18 1 5 2 553 356 +197 41
2 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 24 15 1 8 2 390 353 +37 35
3 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 24 15 0 9 2 441 325 +116 34
4 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 24 14 1 9 2 469 349 +120 33
5 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 24 13 1 10 2 310 342 -32 31
6 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown 24 13 0 11 2 353 316 +37 30
7 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 24 12 0 12 2 417 411 +6 28
8 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland 24 11 1 12 2 390 433 -43 27
9 St. George colours.svg St. George 24 10 2 12 2 394 409 -15 26
10 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 24 11 0 13 2 368 401 -33 26
11 Illawarra colours.svg Illawarra 24 8 0 16 2 372 449 -77 20
12 Penrith colours.svg Penrith 24 6 1 17 2 274 399 -125 17
13 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 24 5 2 17 2 339 527 -188 16

Season summary[edit]

  • Eastern Suburbs home ground was Henson Park.
  • Eastern Suburbs were coached by Arthur Beetson.
  • Rd.1 Bye
  • Rd.2 Eastern Suburbs 14 (W. Portlock, W. Challis Tries; T. Melrose 3 Goals) def Illawarra 8 (P. Haddock Try; D. Carney 2 Goals) at Henson Park.
  • Rd.3 Eastern Suburbs 5 ( T. Melrose 2 Goals; K Hastings Field Goal) def North Sydney 4 (J. McArthur 2 Goals) at North Sydney Oval. A tackle by Wayne Challis bringing down opposition winger, Steven Keir only inches short of the line in the dying minutes of their match helped Eastern Suburbs maintain their undefeated start to the season.
  • Rd.4 saw Eastern Suburbs record their biggest win of the season, Eastern Suburbs 44 (W. Challis 3, S. Morris 2, G. Prohm, H. McGahan, T. Gillmeister Tries; T. Melrose 6 Goals) defeated St George 2 (B. Djura Goal) at the Sydney Cricket Ground. It was also Eastern Suburb biggest ever win over the St George club.
  • Rd.5 Eastern Suburbs 21 (H. McGahn, T. Gillmeister, T. Melrose, L. Spina tries; T. Melrose 2 goals, W Portlock field goal) defeated Balmain Tigers 8 (W. Pearce try; R. Conlon 2 goals).

Season Highlights[edit]

References[edit]

  • Rugby League 1987-88 yearbook, David Middleton
Preceded by
1986
Season
1987
Succeeded by
1988